About Chippewa County Housing Authority

The Chippewa County Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Chippawa, Wisconsin.

The Chippewa County Housing Authority serves Chippewa County, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Bloomer, Stanley, Howard, Cornell, Cleveland and Cadott.

Chippewa County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Chippewa County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Chippewa County Housing Authority covers Chippewa County, WI.

The Chippewa County Housing Authority (CCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened in May 2015, and is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has a preference. This means that applicants who qualify for this preference will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of this preference, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply, visit the CCHA office in the Chippewa County Courthouse, located at 711 N. Bridge Street, Room 14, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

Applicants who are physically unable to come into the office may call (715) 726-7933 to have a CCHA staff member visit their home.

This waiting list has the following preference: Residents of Chippewa County. 

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

The average wait time to receive a voucher is approximately one year from the date of application submission.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the CCHA website, or call the CCHA office at (715) 726-7933.

Last Updated on 10/25/2016.

About the Chippewa County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Chippewa County Housing Authority manages 391 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 359 8 3 21
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $335 $548 $529 $342
Monthly Cost $120,296 $4,383 $1,586 $7,172

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Chippewa County Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 28% having issued approximately 14 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 39 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $13,184 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 72% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 42% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Chippewa County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 30% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 47% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

37% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 22% with 3 or more bedrooms. 29% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Chippewa County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $321 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $419. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $78.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.